Wellness Classes

Acro Yoga Mini-Class– Ages 18+

Tuesdays 6 – 7pm

If you’re looking to improve your skill, learn something new, or if this is your first time trying acro – this class is for you! Open to all levels. Come learn some new and fun material to practice at the jams!


Cost: $5/class
Session: Ongoing
Instructor: Matt Schnuth and Kristin Osborn of Acro Revolution
None required – just show up!

Acro Yoga Jam– Ages 18+

Tuesdays 7 – 9pm

Join us for a weekly indoor acro yoga jam! This is not a class, but rather a time for everyone to come together to practice, play, and move. No experience necessary – all levels welcome! Bring a mat, and a friend or two.


Cost: $5 per class
Session: Ongoing
Drop in class

Hip Hop Dance and Fitness– Ages 16+

Mondays, 7:00 – 8:00pm

Hip Hop Dance and Fitness will bring all of your favorite Hip Hop music and dance styles into one class. Taught as a dance class with a focus on cardio health, Hip Hop will put a funky spin on your workout.

My format begins with a follow-along warm-up for three songs; I then teach three, eight-count phrases and repeat to a slow song; I teach and add on another three, eight-count phrases and repeat to a faster song. We take one song to do a focused workout and then take a short break. We come back together and add on the last two to three, eight-count phrases, repeated to an even faster tempo song. We break into two groups and “battle”—we battle to the fastest song so both endurance and artistry is challenged. We take a few songs to slow our heart rate back down and stretch. This class is a full hour.


Cost: $10/class
Session:10 weeks (June 13 – August 15, 2017)
Class Size: 8 – 40 students
More Information: Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
Corrinne Bailey
Corrinne Baileyreceived her BFA in Dance from Ohio University in April of 2017. While at Ohio University she received her certification in Group Fitness, Hip Hop/Cardio Dance, and Pilates Mat. Bailey has been teaching Hip Hop and Pilates Mat classes at Ohio University’s recreation center since January, 2015. She has also taught Pilates Mat and Hip Hop classes as a semester long college course for non-majors and as a guest instructor in corporate offices. Currently, Bailey is working towards her full Pilates Comprehensive Certification and is training under Regional Trainer, Julie Toren to do so. Bailey is also working with MamLuft&Co. Dance, Cincinnati’s local modern dance company.
Prior to your first class, send an email to classes@cliftonculturalarts.org and put “Hip Hop Dance” in the subject line. Registration will be confirmed via email.

A Motivational Summer Camp Experience: Step Team & Personal Growth Group– Ages 7 – 12

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00am – 2:00pm

This summer camp presents a unique opportunity for kids ages 7 – 12 years old to spend high energy, fun filled summer days with learning step show choreography, designing performance outfits, performing at two community venues and participating in weekly themed personal growth group experiences. Examples of personal growth sessions include personal hygiene, yoga, managing emotions and feelings, cyberbullying, career development, and much more! All sessions are facilitated or supervised by dr. Patrice McCarter, licensed professional counselor. Two learning –oriented field trip experiences within the city of Cincinnati are included.

Summer internship Junior Counselor experiences are available for adolescents ages 14 – 16. Contact Dr. McCarter for details.

Summer camp experiences are designed to:

  • Develop teamwork
  • Encourage healthy competition
  • Increase physical activity
  • Educate about the importance of self-care
  • Provide community service opportunities with a mental wellness focus
  • Influence creativity
  • Develop interpersonal skills
  • Establish awareness of mental health

Length of Session: 10 weeks (June 13 – August 10, 2017)
Cost: $395.00
Instructor: Dr. Patrice McCarter
Class Size: 7 – 12 students
More Information: Visit Facebook (The Motivation Academy) for more information. Internship/community service available for ages 14 – 16.
Dr. Patrice McCarter
Dr. McCarter is an associate professor and regional academic director of counseling and mental health at Lindsey Wilson college. She is a licensed professional counselor in Kentucky and Ohio. She has been a clinical supervisor and mental health crisis therapist for over 13 years. She has worked with children, adolescents and families to educate and support mental wellness initiatives. Dr. McCarter has competed in regional Greek step shows for the last 15 years participating on a step team with her sorority earning first place in every competition. The Motivation Academy was established as a result of Dr. McCarter’s passion to combine performing arts and physical activity with mental illness prevention efforts.
Contact Dr. McCarter at (513) 317-4984 or themotivationacademy@gmail.com to register.

Yoga – Ages 13+

Mondays 5:30 – 6:30pm

Please join us for a 75-minute Hatha influenced yoga class focusing on strength, flexibility, balance, energy and relaxation. The practice of yoga is about happiness and mindfulness. As we stretch and strengthen we also gain a sense of peace and expansion. Classes are designed for beginners and intermediate practitioners alike. First time yoga students are welcome! Bring your own mat. Class passes available.


Cost: Drop in – $15; Class 2x wk – $90/ month; Class 1x wk – $50/ month
Session: Ongoing
Class Size: Minimum 2, Maximum 20
Meredith Amann
Students know Meredith for her passion for making Yoga accessible and enjoyable for everyone. She encourages students to learn in their personal style, whether it is auditory, visually or kinesthetically. Meredith believes teachers don’t make things happen, they let things happen and it is her goal to create an environment for you to embrace your full potential. Meredith trained at the Himalaya Yoga Valley Institute in Goa, India, a 200/500 hr school recognized by the Yoga Alliance. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Meredith has also trained in restorative Yoga at Kripalu and holds a Pilates certification from Core Pilates in NYC.
Registration not required. Simply show up a few minutes before class. Students should bring a yoga mat to class. For more information visit www.yogaworkflow.com

Supreme Science and Classical Qigong – Ages 18+

1st and 3rd Thursday of every month (May 4 and 18, June 1 and 15, July 6 and 20, and August 3 and 17), 7:30 – 8:30pm

Qigong is a health practice that improves blood flow, energy levels, and reduces stress. It has been medically shown to increase immune response in cancer patients, and improve blood flow in diabetics. This form of qigong is also used to help wounded warriors cope with PTSD, and to reduce withdrawal symptoms in addiction recovery clinics. Qigong is a system of exercise that can be done by any age group, and has also reduced geriatric falls by 40 percent in clinical environments, and it’s FUN! In a 45-miunute session, a participant burns as many calories as if they had briskly walked 4 miles! This is due to the way the exercise increases peripheral blood flow, which is a no-impact exercise!


Cost: $10/class
Session: 10 weeks
Instructor: Roy MacDonald
Class Size: 5 – 18 students
More Information: Visit www.qigong.com to learn more about Qigong, and www.qigongreview.com for instructor experiences and full biography.
Roy MacDonald, RN
Roy MacDonald RN is Supreme Science Level 3 Certified nationally. He has competed internationally in Karate representing the United States, placing in tournaments in which over 60 countries were represented (Konishi cup Australia, Anaheim International among them). After serving in the armed forces, he transitioned into internal arts to help cope with his own PTSD, eventually becoming an instructor so that he could help others with the art he has come to love. He also teaches privately, and is excited to have the opportunity to provide qigong to more of the community locally.
Please send an email to classes@cliftonculturalarts.org with “Qigong Class” in the subject line.

ZUMBA® Fitness Class – Ages 12+

Saturdays 10:30 – 11:30am

The Zumba® workout program fuses Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind FUN fitness program! The goal is simple: for people to want to work out and to enjoy every minute of it. Zumba® participants achieve long-term benefits by attending the one exciting hour of calorie-burning and body-energizing movements. The routines feature interval-training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Zumba® classes are special in that they add Latin flavor and international zest into an ordinary dance workout class, and anyone can participate-there is no RIGHT way to do the moves.

Information about Zumba® can be found at: www.zumba.com.


Cost: $7/class; $5/class with the purchase of a 5 or 10 class pass.
Session: On-going
Robin Goodrich
Robin Goodrich is a licensed Zumba®, Zumba Gold®, Zumba Step®, and Zumba Kids® & Kids Jr. ® Instructor. She also holds Specialty Training Licenses in Core and Glutes techniques & World Rhythms. She has been leading classes at the CCAC since 2012 and also holds classes at Westwood Town Hall, McKie Recreation Center and regularly subs for instructors at Mercy Healthplex. In the Fall/Winter Season Robin has also brought Zumba® Glow Dance Parties to several locations including the CCAC with great success.

Robin’s one true passion has always been music. Zumba® has become a way to enjoy that music and become fit in the process. She loves to motivate, encourage and promotes a supportive group of participants. Come join the Party!

No registration required. Pay in class. Requires a waiver to be signed. If under 18 waiver must be signed by guardian prior to participation. Wear exercise/comfortable clothes & bring a water bottle. Contact the instructor at karasunaki@hotmail.com

Zumba Fitness® and Zumba Toning® Dance Party– Ages 12+

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

The Zumba® workout program fuses Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind FUN fitness program! The goal is simple: for people to want to work out and to enjoy every minute of it. Zumba® participants achieve long-term benefits by attending the one exciting hour of calorie-burning and body-energizing movements. The routines for this class will feature interval-training sessions with an emphasis on low impact moves, and alternate fast and slow rhythms. Three songs will feature resistance training using 1 lb Zumba hand weights that tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Zumba hand weights will be provided for up to 12 participants. Songs can also be done without weights.


Cost: First Class free; Drop in $7/class; $5/class with the purchase of a 5 or 10-class pass
Session: On-going
More Information: Wear comfortable clothes, shoes designed for either court, cross training or aerobic dance (avoid running shoes) and bring a water bottle and plenty of energy! Some people also like to bring a small towel.
Sue Ware
Come enjoy the pure fun of Zumba with me! I have taken part in many styles of aerobic based dance exercise and studies some form of dance (ballet, jazz, modern, belly dancing), but nothing compares to Zumba. I am currently certified by the Aerobic and Fitness Association of American as a group exercise instructor. I am also licensed to teach the following Zumba classes: Basic, Step, Toning and Gold. I have completed additional education in core, glutes, gold toning and pro-skills provided by Zumba. I have an advanced degree in the health industry and a strong personal interest in disease and injury prevention. I believe than a healthy active lifestyle is a vital element of enjoying life!
Pay in class. Instructor can be contacted at sware11@cinci.rr.com.

Pilates – Adults

Mondays and Fridays 9:00 – 10:00am, Thursdays 6:30 – 7:30pm

Cost: $8 per class, or $60 for a 10 class pass.
Session: On-going
More Information: Monday class will take place from 9:00 – 10:00am until August 15. Beginning August 22, Monday class will take place from 9:30 – 10:30am. There will be no classes from August 11 – August 18
Barbara Sferra
Maintaining a connection between mind, body and form has been a focus throughout Barbara Sferra’s life. She participated in gymnastics from Jr. High School through College. She took her first dance class at the age of 22 and has been dancing ever since. She was introduced to Pilates as a means to strengthen her core and improve her overall movement and well-being. In August 2008, Barbara received her Pilates certification from Pendleton Pilates, where she currently teaches Group and Private Reformer Classes, Mat Classes, and Initial Consultations. Professionally, Barbara has a background in Employee Relations and Training, and currently gives back to the community through various volunteer activities.
Send an email to classes@cliftonculturalarts.org and put “Pilates” in the subject line. Please plan to bring a mat to class.

Pilates Mat – Ages 16+

Saturdays, 9:00 – 10:00am

Pilates is a core focused dynamic exercise system to increase strength and flexibility. This exercise regimen will help to improve your posture and overall health. Pilates is beneficial for everyone at any level of ability; only a mat is needed.


Cost: $10/class
Session: 10 weeks (June 17 – August 19, 2017)
Class Size: 8 – 40 students
More Information: Please wear comfortable clothes. Pilates or yoga mat needed for class.
Corrinne Bailey
Corrinne Bailey received her BFA in Dance from Ohio University in April of 2017. While at Ohio University she received her certification in Group Fitness, Hip Hop/Cardio Dance, and Pilates Mat. Bailey has been teaching Hip Hop and Pilates Mat classes at Ohio University’s recreation center since January, 2015. She has also taught Pilates Mat and Hip Hop classes as a semester long college course for non-majors and as a guest instructor in corporate offices. Currently, Bailey is working towards her full Pilates Comprehensive Certification and is training under Regional Trainer, Julie Toren to do so. Bailey is also working with MamLuft&Co., Cincinnati’s local modern dance company.
Prior to your first class, send an email to classes@cliftonculturalarts.org and put “Pilates Mat” in the subject line. Registration will be confirmed via email.

Nia Technique – Adults

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:00pm

The Nia technique is an expressive body-mind movement and fitness program incorporating dance, martial arts and healing arts, including yoga. It is a cardiovascular program that uses whole-body, expressive, grounded movement. Nia is adaptable to most levels of fitness, age and body types.

Read Cincy Chic article about Nia classes at CCAC.


Cost: $10/class for a single class, $80 for a 10 class pass, $140 for a 20 class pass, $6 per class for students (with a valid student ID) and seniors (over 65 years)
Session: On-going
More Information: Class will run on Tuesdays only from May 29 – August 31, 2017.  Class will resume meeting on both Tuesday and Thursday on September 5, 2017.

The Tuesday class is taught by Uma Sivaprasad.

Uma Sivaprasad
I discovered Nia in 2003 during my quest for an exercise program that I would stick to for more that three months – 13 years later, I still love every minute of the magic that is Nia. As a scientist by day, I find that Nia helps balance out my logical and practical side. Nia is a creative, expressive, and therapeutic movement form that leaves me feeling energized, centered and happy. I began my training with the white belt in 2009 to share the joy of Nia with others. With the completion of the brown belt in 2016, I continue to grow my teaching practice and am excited to witness my class evolve into a community of dancers that are finding joy in movement.


Send an email to niaclifton@gmail.com and put “CCAC NIA Class” in the subject line.
For more information on Nia visit the Kula website.

Tai Chi – Adults

Tuesdays, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Tai Chi is the slow meditative Chinese martial art practiced to promote health, balance, mental calm and clarity. Come and join us to learn and practice this profound and wonderful art. No previous experience is necessary.


Cost: $5 per class
Session: On-going
Uri Sella
Uri Sella, a resident of Clifton, leads the Tuesday evening Tai Chi sessions as a service to the community. Uri has been a serious and dedicated Tai Chi practitioner for the past 15 years, most recently as a student of Master Mok Lau. Uri has taught Tai Chi classes in Israel and in Cincinnati.
Drop in class – feel free to come any Tuesday evening, no registration required.

Tai Chi Chaun – Adults

Fridays, 10:00 – 11:00am

Tai Chi is the slow meditative Chinese martial art practiced to promote health, balance, mental calm and clarity. Come and join us to learn and practice this profound and wonderful art. No previous experience is necessary.


Cost: $35 per 12-week session
Session: On-going
Michael Porte
Dr. Michael Porte, Ph.D. is a professor emeritus as the University of Cincinnati and an adjunct instructor of tai chi at Cincinnati State. He is certified by Dr. Paul Lam to teach tai chi for arthritis, and seated tai chi and fall prevention.
Send an email to marymac1@fuse.net and put “Tai Chi” in the subject line. The charge is a contribution to the CCAC of $35 for 12 weeks of classes.